Republicans in Congress argued that none of these bills are necessary because the right to birth control and the right to same-sex marriage are safe. “In no way, shape or form is access to contraception limited or at risk of being limited,” Rep. Kat Cammack (R-Fla.) said during Thursday’s debate on the birth control bill. “The liberal majority is clearly trying to stoke fears and mislead the American people once again because in their minds stoking fear clearly is the only way that they can win.” (Yahoo News)
“The FBI has gone rogue and is doing the dirty work of a communist regime,” tweeted Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).
Boebert “In Venezuela, they eat the dogs, and it started because they do not have firearms to protect themselves, to defend themselves against a tyrannical government.”
“We save the babies, we’ll save America,” Mike Pence told conservative youth.
At least Bostelman apologized: So easy to repeat motivated misunderstandings: A Nebraska state lawmaker apologized on Monday after he publicly cited a persistent but debunked rumor alleging that schools are placing litter boxes in school bathrooms to accommodate children who self-identify as cats. State senator Bruce Bostelman, a conservative Republican, repeated the false claim during a public, televised debate on a bill intended to help school children who have behavioral problems. His comments quickly went viral, with one Twitter video garnering more than 300,000 views as of Monday afternoon, and drew an onslaught of online criticism and ridicule. Bostelman initially said he was “shocked” when he heard stories that children were dressing as cats and dogs while at school, with claims that schools were accommodating them with litter boxes.
A 21-year-old art student who identified as non-binary or genderqueer and was reported missing a week ago was murdered in a northern Rio de Janeiro favela, police in the Brazilian city said on Monday after discovering the victim’s burned body.
The killing of Matheus Passareli, who went by the name “Theusa” and refused to be categorized as either male or female, plunged Rio’s LGBTQI community into mourning on Brazil’s social network feeds.
Theusa, a bohemian figure studying at the Rio de Janeiro State University, was well-known in the community, which encompasses lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, and intersex people born with any of several variations in sex characteristics.
On Monday, Theusa’s brother Gabriel Passareli, who also identified as genderless, said in a Facebook message that police had notified the family that Theusa’s body “was burned and there is little chance of finding solid evidence” of who carried out the murder.
“I am sorry to have chosen to be so carefree in the face of so much cruelty that my sister and myself… were exposed to,” wrote the sibling, who goes by the name Gabe. The post added that the family had retreated to their hometown in rural Rio de Janeiro state for their grieving.
Theusa’s murder came less than two months after the slaying of Marielle Franco, a black city councillor in Rio and a lesbian who fought against racism and lobbied for rights for the LGBTQI community and favela residents.